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COVID-19 lockdown: What can the government do to ease the situation for farmers 

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Resource ID

18274

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Contributed by

B.Muralidhar

Topics

Crop improvement, Nutrition

Systems

Farming Systems, Livelihood Systems

Locations

Asia, India

Global Date

10 Apr 20

Title

COVID-19 lockdown: What can the government do to ease the situation for farmers

Keywords

TIGR2ESS, COVID-19, APMC Act, Civil society organnisations, Mobile Rythu Bazars, Supply chain, Cold storage facilities, Food processing firms

Language

English

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Author/Key contact

SMCO staff

Story Source

ICRISAT Happenings 1849-4, 10 April 2020

Type

Science

URL/Link

https://www.icrisat.org/covid-19-lockdown-what-can-the-government-do-to-ease-the-situation-for-farmers/

Description

To fight the pandemic, it is clear that regular markets must be suspended temporarily. These are places where large groups of people gather and spread the virus; maintaining social distance in such places is very difficult so closure is the only option. But there must be more support for the farmers who are suffering as a consequence. Now is the time for the government to temporarily suspend the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Act to engage civil society. Such an act would allow NGOs, farmer’s collectives, corporate companies, welfare associations, religious organization’s and Panchayat Raj institutes to buy directly from farmers.

Date (Date published/released/created if known)

10 Apr 20

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